Obama plans vast Pacific sanctuary expansion

Posted: June 18, 2014 at 5:12 a.m.

Secretary of State John Kerry talks Tuesday with actor Leonardo DiCaprio after they both spoke on the second day of the State Department’s oceans conference in Washington.

To protect diverse habitats of coral reefs, whales, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and numerous fish species from commercial fishing and other activities, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he intends to use his executive authority to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in the central Pacific Ocean.

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